Eleanor Roosevelt Accused of Encouraging Anti-Catholic Prejudice Hot

Eleanor Roosevelt Accused of Encouraging Anti-Catholic Prejudice

Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Francis Spellman in New York City, 1965

Cardinal Francis Spellman accuses Eleanor Roosevelt of encouraging anti-Catholic prejudice because of her opposition to federal aid going to parochial schools.

Eleanor Roosevelt has a regular newspaper column, My Day, in which she has argued strongly against public tax dollars funding Catholic schools in any way.

Cardinal Spellman writes:

"I had intended ignoring your personal attack but as the days passed and in two subseqent columns you continued your anti-Catholic campaign, I became convinced that in the interest of all Americans and the cause of justice itself that your misstatements should be challenged in every quarter of the country where they have already spun and spread their web of prejudice."

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